We’re easily distracted throughout our time talking to Komal Jyoti – one half of the duo behind Quick Brown Fox – at her terrace garden office in South Bangalore. It isn’t simply her lush, leafy garden but also her two tough-looking dogs – Goose and Yoda – who frolic ceaselessly with the dragonflies landing atop the petals on this breezy Bangalore afternoon. “No one was using the wonderful, internationally sought-after leather available in this country to give men something that was fantastically-made, functional but not flamboyant,” Komal tells us.
And so, this leather brand for the discerning man, named for foxes rather than dogs. (No collar jokes please, this is a family newsletter.) Komal and her business partner, veteran marketer Hemal Panchamia are trying to shake things up, they say. After nearly fifteen years of designing, sourcing and overseeing production at brands like Hidesign, Fastrack, Bulchee, Allen Solly and Van Heusen, she’s “super excited” to cut some new patterns, no longer “the same kind of fuddy-duddy bags carried by my father and his generation.”
Warning: This Man Has Baggage
The leather bags and accessories from Quick Brown Fox claim as inspiration the spirit of the carefree Bangalore man, who is “ particular but not precious” (sure, that’s us) and loves being outdoors. We get the ethos: the products all look finely crafted without being fussy. “Basically, we want our guy to be able to throw this onto his bike and get out of town on weekend without having to stop-over at home,” Komal says.
This get-up-and-get-out functionality is subtly stitched into their clean-cut minimalism aesthetic. Think slim-cut formal pants with the compartments of cargo pants. Because they’re designed for the man on the move, there isn’t much to worry about by way of “product care,” guys: they know you’re already too busy oiling your beards and pencilling in pedicure appointments.
We distract ourselves from Goose and Yoda long enough to browse through lookbooks – sharp, suave, sexy gentlemen in grand gardens – while Komal tells us about her shift, over two decades ago, from garments to accessories at NIFT. “In the latter, one learned to design,” she says, “and therefore could go ahead and craft anything because one was ingrained with understanding the processes. Also, one worked across materials.” Look for future collections that will incorporate her fascination with wooden and metal detailing that’ll be “sleek, simple and slipped into the design,” she assures us.
We turn to leave, hesitantly (someone’s got to write this story) and we spot Goose on his hinds gently dribbling a butterfly with his nose, and we think: gracious animals that care, protect and have fun without stepping on toes. That’s our suitable boy too.
Getting there: Shop online for Quick Brown Fox on their site here. Also at select William Penn stores, select Apple Premium Resellers’ stores, Raintree in Bangalore and Chamiers in Chennai.
This story was contributed by Joshua Muyiwa, a Bangalore-based poet and writer.
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